Minnesota Vikings WR Kelly Campbell arrested on weapons, drug charges

By Hugo Guzman  |   Tuesday, March 01, 2005  |  Comments( 0 )

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ATLANTA, Georgia - Vikings wide receiver Kelly Campbell was arrested on weapons and drug charges Thursday near the Georgia Dome. Campbell, 24, is charged with possession of marijuana and theft by receiving stolen property involving a Smith & Wesson handgun, police records show.

An Atlanta police officer stopped Campbell at 2:15 pm ET on February 25 after watching the SUV he was driving cross the center line on Fair Street to pass three or four cars, and drive in the wrong lane for 500 feet, the police report said. When the officer walked over to Campbell's driver's side window, he said, he smelled a strong odor of marijuana.

The officer searched Campbell's 2003 GMC Denali and found the handgun, reported stolen in Florida, and 16 grams of marijuana under the center console, the incident report said. The SUV was impounded, and police confiscated Campbell's diamond earrings, which the athlete said are worth $18,000, and a $12,000 Geneva Elite watch. The WR then appeared before a Fulton County magistrate, who allowed him to go free on a signature-only $8,000 bond, Fulton County sheriff's spokesman Lt. Clarence Huber said.

Vikings coach Mike Tice, reached at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, said he would have to wait on the legal system before reaching any conclusion. He said he had been told Campbell would have a court date next week. "I can't comment on anything until after it goes to court and this thing gets resolved," he said. "Obviously, we're disappointed that this incident occurred."

Campbell was arrested in Cobb County, Georgia, in 1999 on a charge of misdemeanor marijuana possession. The solicitor's office dropped the charge in June 2000.

Campbell holds Georgia Tech's career records of 2,907 receiving yards, 195 catches and 24 receiving touchdowns. He started three games for the Vikings last season, his third in the NFL.

Campbell's on-field antics have put him in hot water with Tice and the league. The NFL fined him $5,000 for excessive celebration in the Vikings' season-opening victory over Dallas. He was penalized for leaving the sideline to join an on-field celebration in the Vikings' October 10 victory at Houston but was not fined, even though Tice said he hoped the receiver would draw a stiff fine.
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